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Rodolfo Amezcua, Ajay Shirolkar, Carolyn Fraze, David A Stout
Since their synthesizing introduction to the research community, nanomaterials have infiltrated almost every corner of science and engineering. Over the last decade, one such field has begun to look at using nanomaterials for beneficial applications in tissue engineering, specifically, cardiac tissue engineering. During a myocardial infarction, part of the cardiac muscle, or myocardium, is deprived of blood. Therefore, the lack of oxygen destroys cardiomyocytes, leaving dead tissue and possibly resulting in the development of arrhythmia, ventricular remodeling, and eventual heart failure...
July 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334658/extraction-of-the-3d-local-orientation-of-myocytes-in-human-cardiac-tissue-using-x-ray-phase-contrast-micro-tomography-and-multi-scale-analysis
#2
François Varray, Iulia Mirea, Max Langer, Françoise Peyrin, Laurent Fanton, Isabelle E Magnin
This paper presents a methodology to access the 3D local myocyte arrangements in fresh human post-mortem heart samples. We investigated the cardiac micro-structure at a high and isotropic resolution of 3.5 µm in three dimensions using X-ray phase micro-tomography at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. We then processed the reconstructed volumes to extract the 3D local orientation of the myocytes using a multi-scale approach with no segmentation. We created a simplified 3D model of tissue sample made of simulated myocytes with known size and orientations, to evaluate our orientation extraction method...
February 20, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334564/data-driven-implementation-of-alarm-reduction-interventions-in-a-cardiovascular-surgical-icu
#3
Sharon H Allan, Peter A Doyle, Adam Sapirstein, Maria Cvach
BACKGROUND: Alarm fatigue in the ICU setting has been well documented in the literature. The ICU's high-intensity environment requires staff's vigilant attention, and distraction from false and non-actionable alarms pulls staff away from important tasks, creates dissatisfaction, and is a potential patient safety risk if alarms are missed or ignored. This project was intended to improve patient safety by optimizing alarm systems in a cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit (CVSICU)...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334029/prognostic-power-of-global-2d-strain-according-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Myung-Jin Cha, Hyun-Sook Kim, Seong Hwan Kim, Jae-Hyeong Park, Goo-Yeong Cho
BACKGROUNDS: We aimed to evaluate the predictive power of longitudinal and circumferential fibers according to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in successfully reperfused acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. METHODS: Total 691 patients (age 59±13, 20% female) underwent clinical evaluation and conventional and strain echocardiography (Global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS)). The clinical outcome was defined as the composite of death, hospitalization for heart failure, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and ventricular arrhythmia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333860/cardiovascular-parameters-to-2-years-after-kidney-transplantation-following-early-switch-to-everolimus-without-calcineurin-inhibitor-therapy-an-analysis-of-the-randomized-elevate-study
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Hallvard Holdaas, Johan W de Fijter, Josep M Cruzado, Pablo Massari, Björn Nashan, John Kanellis, Oliver Witzke, Alex Gutierrez-Dalmau, Aydin Turkmen, Zailong Wang, Patricia Lopez, Peter Bernhardt, Jossy Kochuparampil, Markus van der Giet, Klaus Murbraech
BACKGROUND: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors may confer cardioprotective advantages but clinical data are limited. METHODS: In the open-label ELEVATE trial, kidney transplant patients were randomized at 10-14 weeks posttransplant to convert from calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) to everolimus or remain on standard CNI therapy. Prespecified endpoints included left ventricular mass index (LVMi) and, in a subpopulation of patients, arterial stiffness as measured by pulse wave velocity (PWV)...
March 22, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333785/improving-decision-making-for-advanced-heart-failure-patients-and-caregivers
#6
Colleen K McIlvennan
In this month's Magnet® Perspectives column, Colleen K. McIlvennan, DNP, ANP, lead nurse practitioner, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation at the University of Colorado, discusses her groundbreaking research encompassing patients' and caregivers' emotional, rational, and fundamental beliefs when considering a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Results have led to the development of 2 innovative decision aids that are currently in use by LVAD programs across the United States and Canada. Dr McIlvennan's efforts led to a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, as well as national recognition from the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America...
April 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333373/ventricular-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-nonischemic-cardiomyopathy-insights-from-the-prolong-study
#7
David Duncker, Thorben König, Stephan Hohmann, Johann Bauersachs, Christian Veltmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) reportedly have low incidence of appropriate shocks from wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCDs). A recent study questions the benefit from primary preventive implantation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in NICM. We therefore analyzed a subgroup of patients with NICM from the PROLONG study. HYPOTHESIS: Patients with newly diagnosed NICM show a risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmia. METHODS: The PROLONG study included 167 patients with newly diagnosed heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% with a WCD...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333148/salusin-%C3%AE-contributes-to-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
#8
Ming-Xia Zhao, Bing Zhou, Li Ling, Xiao-Qing Xiong, Feng Zhang, Qi Chen, Yue-Hua Li, Yu-Ming Kang, Guo-Qing Zhu
Salusin-β accelerates inflammatory responses in vascular endothelial cells, and increases oxidative stress in vascular smooth muscle cells. Plasma salusin-β levels were increased in diabetic patients. This study was designed to determine whether salusin-β is involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), and whether knockdown of salusin-β attenuates cardiac inflammation and oxidative stress in rats with DCM. H9c2 or neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were incubated with 33.3 mM of glucose to mimic the high glucose (HG) in diabetes...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332558/multiple-h-sensors-mediate-the-extracellular-acidification-induced-ca-2-i-elevation-in-cultured-rat-ventricular-cardiomyocytes
#9
Yuan-Lang Hu, Xue Mi, Chao Huang, Hui-Fang Wang, Jian-Ren Song, Qing Shu, Lan Ni, Jian-Guo Chen, Fang Wang, Zhuang-Li Hu
Acidosis has been known to cause "Ca(2+) transients", however, the mechanism is still uncertain. Here, we demonstrated that multiple H(+) sensors, such as ASICs, TRPV1 and proton-sensing G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in extracellular acidification-induced intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) elevation. By using calcium imaging measures, we observed that both ASIC and TRPV1 channels inhibitors suppressed the [Ca(2+)]i elevation induced by extracellular acidosis in cultured rat cardiac myocytes...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332363/optimal-dose-and-timing-of-umbilical-stem-cells-treatment-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertensive-rats
#10
Hyeryon Lee, Kwan Chang Kim, Soo Jin Choi, Young Mi Hong
PURPOSE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a fatal disease which is characterized by an increase in pulmonary arterial pressure leading to increases in right ventricular afterload. Human umbilical cord blood derived-mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) administered via the jugular vein have been previously shown to improve PAH by reversal treatment. However, the effect of low dosage and transfusion timing of hUCB-MSCs on PAH has not yet been clearly established. Obviously, low dosage treatment can lead to a reduction in costs...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332315/significant-increase-of-flow-kinetic-energy-in-nonresponders-patients-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Sara Cimino, Dino Palombizio, Francesco Cicogna, Donatella Cantisani, Manuela Reali, Domenico Filomena, Valentina Petronilli, Carlo Iacoboni, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUNDS: It's still unclear if different patterns of intraventricular flow dynamics may be detected in patients nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as compared to responders ones. Aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of left ventricular (LV) flow dynamics 6-months after CRT to identify Echo-particle imaging velocity (PIV) patterns were more frequently detected in nonresponders patients. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, undergoing CRT, were enrolled in this study...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332221/right-ventricular-free-wall-longitudinal-speckle-tracking-strain-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-specific-treatment
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Hatice S Kemal, Meral Kayikcioglu, Hakan Kultursay, Ozcan Vuran, Sanem Nalbantgil, Nesrin Mogulkoc, Levent Can
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a major determinant of outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), although the optimal measure of RV function is poorly defined. We evaluated the utility of RV free-wall speckle tracking strain as an assessment tool for RV function in patients with PAH who are already under specific treatment compared with conventional echocardiographic parameters and investigated the relationship of RV free-wall strain with clinical hemodynamic parameters of RV performance...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332218/changes-in-myocardial-deformation-after-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement
#13
REVIEW
Vinisha Garg, Jonathan K Ho, Gabriel Vorobiof
Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) has emerged as a novel angle-independent modality in assessing myocardial velocity, deformation, and strain. Its role in assessing change before and after aortic valve replacement in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) has recently generated interest. This review summarizes the practical utility and clinical implications of myocardial deformation by STE after surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Overall, atrial strain and ventricular strain as measured by STE improve after surgical and transcatheter aortic intervention in short- and long-term follow-up with evidence of a more pronounced acute improvement in patients who undergo TAVR...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332215/effects-of-increased-left-ventricular-wall-thickness-on-the-myocardium-in-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-normal-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-two-and-three-dimensional-multilayer-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
#14
Eun Jeong Cho, Sung-Ji Park, Eun Kyoung Kim, Ga Yeon Lee, Sung-A Chang, Jin-Oh Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the capability of real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) and two-dimensional (2D) multilayer speckle tracking echocardiography (MSTE) for evaluation of early myocardial dysfunction triggered by increased left ventricular (LV) wall thickness in severe aortic stenosis (AS) with normal LV ejection fraction (EF≥55%). METHODS: Conventional, RT3D STE and 2D MSTE were performed in 45 patients (mean 68.9±9...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332153/valve-exchange-towards-an-adjustable-differential-pressure-valve-with-gravitational-unit-clinical-outcome-of-a-single-center-study
#15
S Alavi, M Schulz, A Schaumann, K Schwarz, Ulrich W Thomale
OBJECTIVE: Overdrainage in children is a long-term problem for shunted patients which might lead to chronic anatomical changes. In order to prevent these problems, valve exchange is performed on a regular basis in patients without hydrostatic units towards a valve with both an adjustable and a gravitational unit. The clinical outcome of these patients is reported in a retrospective study. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, the in-house database was analyzed for patients who received a valve exchange towards an adjustable differential pressure valve with gravitational unit...
March 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332089/surgery-for-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-primary-sutureless-repair-vs-conventional-repair
#16
REVIEW
Naoki Yoshimura, Kazuaki Fukahara, Akio Yamashita, Toshio Doi, Katsunori Takeuchi, Shigeyuki Yamashita, Takahiro Homma, Shigeki Yokoyama, Masaya Aoki, Yuki Ikeno
Despite recent advances in surgical technique and perioperative care, the surgical correction of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC) remains a challenge. The major complication and the main cause of reoperation in TAPVC surgery are the occurrence of pulmonary venous obstruction (PVO). In the 1990s, sutureless repair was introduced as a technique to relieve PVO after TAPVC repair. Following the favorable outcomes for postoperative PVO, the indications for sutureless repair as a primary operation have been expanded to include infants who have preoperative PVO or those at risk of developing PVO after the repair of TAPVC...
March 22, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332073/aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome-unusual-neuro-radiological-manifestations
#17
Ghada M H Abdel-Salam, Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid, Shaimaa A Mohammad, Sherif F Abdel-Ghafar, Doaa R Soliman, Hala T El-Bassyouni, Laila Effat, Maha S Zaki
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) is one of the expanding group of inherited congenital infection like syndromes. Here, we describe the detailed clinical and imaging findings of two sibs with AGS. Each shows scattered periventricular intracranial calcifications, severe global delay, seizures, microcephaly and spasticity. Interestingly, chilblains were observed in the two sisters as well as their parents and a paternal uncle. The brain MRI of the older sister showed marked ventricular dilatation as a result of unusual associated porencephalic cysts...
March 23, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331977/role-of-plasma-membrane-associated-akaps-for-the-regulation-of-cardiac-ik1-current-by-protein-kinase-a
#18
Claudia Seyler, Daniel Scherer, Christoph Köpple, Martin Kulzer, Sevil Korkmaz, Panagiotis Xynogalos, Dierk Thomas, Ziya Kaya, Eberhard Scholz, Johannes Backs, Christoph Karle, Hugo A Katus, Edgar Zitron
The cardiac IK1 current stabilizes the resting membrane potential of cardiomyocytes. Protein kinase A (PKA) induces an inhibition of IK1 current which strongly promotes focal arrhythmogenesis. The molecular mechanisms underlying this regulation have only partially been elucidated yet. Furthermore, the role of A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs) in this regulation has not been examined to date. The objective of this project was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the inhibition of IK1 by PKA and to identify novel molecular targets for antiarrhythmic therapy downstream β-adrenoreceptors...
March 22, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331489/reversible-atrial-fibrillation-following-crotalinae-envenomation
#19
Dan Quan, Kenneth Zurcher
BACKGROUND: Cardiotoxicity is a documented complication of Crotalinae envenomation. Reported cardiac complications following snake envenomation have included acute myocardial infarction, electrocardiogram abnormalities and arrhythmias. Few reports exist describing arrhythmia induced by viper envenomation and to our knowledge none describe arrhythmia induced by Crotalinae envenomation. This report concerns the first known case of atrial fibrillation precipitated by rattlesnake bite. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old Caucasian man with a past medical history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and a baseline first-degree atrioventricular block presented to the emergency department following a rattlesnake bite to his left lower leg...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331450/pulmonary-thromboendarterectomy-for-pulmonary-hypertension-before-considering-transplant
#20
Hannah Kooperkamp, Inder Mehta, David Fary, Michael Bates
BACKGROUND: In cases of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), referral for possible surgical intervention is important because surgery can be curative. Surgery necessitates cardiopulmonary bypass and deep circulatory arrest with pulmonary thrombectomy and bilateral endarterectomy (PTE). If surgery fails, lung transplant is the next best surgical option. Medical treatment is also an important adjunct. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old female presented 3 months after a pulmonary embolus was found to be completely occluding her left pulmonary artery...
2017: Ochsner Journal
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